COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Pharmacy participation in Phase 2A – call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from community pharmacies

The Expression of Interest submission process closed on 19 February 2021. No submissions can be accepted after this deadline.

Providing access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia seeking to be vaccinated is a key priority of the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Community pharmacies are a critical partner in achieving this goal by providing comprehensive immunisation coverage for their local populations.

All section 90 community pharmacies are invited to submit an EOI to participate in the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine to priority populations from Phase 2A onwards of the national rollout strategy, planned to commence from May 2021.  The EOI process will be managed by the Pharmacy Programs Administrator (PPA) on behalf of the Department of Health.

The Department of Health has engaged the PPA to coordinate the EOI process. 
 
The PPA is currently developing an online response form for completion by interested community pharmacies.  A link to the online response form will be emailed to community pharmacies with an account on the PPA Portal on 5 February 2021. The online response form will require pharmacies to: 

  • Provide information regarding their capability, including a response as to whether they meet, or will meet, the site readiness requirements provided at Attachment A
  • Submit information regarding their capacity, including information such as opening hours, staffing levels and estimated number of vaccines able to be administered daily
  • Provide a declaration in relation to the responses included in the EOI. 

Community pharmacies without a PPA account should contact the Support Centre via support@ppaonline.com.au, to request a personalised response link.

The PPA will work collaboratively with the Department to consider each EOI and approve community pharmacies to participate in the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.  A notification regarding approval will be emailed to each community pharmacy that submits an EOI.  Timing for this notification is to be confirmed but is anticipated to be approximately 4 weeks after the close of the EOI process.

Timeline 

Date Milestone
1 February 2021 Information on EOI process and requirements published on Health website and PPA website
5 February 2021 EOI process opens / Link to EOI response form sent
Midnight AEDT, 19 February 2021 EOI close date / Last date for submitting EOI responses
19 March 2021 (date TBC) Respondents notified of outcome 

You can access the EOI document prepared by the Department of Health here.

Please note that you should not complete Attachment B of the PDF and send it to the PPA, a personalised online form to complete and submit will be emailed to you on Friday 5 February 2021.

For further information regarding EOI application eligibility; please follow the link below.

 

Community pharmacies will not receive notification each time clarifications are issued so please regularly review this information prior to submitting your EOI. 

For further information regarding EOI response form submissions; please follow the link below.

 

Community pharmacies will not receive notification each time clarifications are issued so please regularly review this information prior to submitting your EOI.

For general information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine; please follow the link below.

 

Community pharmacies will not receive notification each time clarifications are issued so please regularly review this information prior to submitting your EOI. 

For information regarding the delivery, storage and logistics surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine; please follow the link below.

 

Community pharmacies will not receive notification each time clarifications are issued so please regularly review this information prior to submitting your EOI.

For information regarding administration of the COVID-19 vaccine; please follow the link below.

 

Community pharmacies will not receive notification each time clarifications are issued so please regularly review this information prior to submitting your EOI.

For information regarding funding arrangements surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine EOI; please follow the link below.

 

Community pharmacies will not receive notification each time clarifications are issued so please regularly review this information prior to submitting your EOI.

For information regarding COVID-19 Vaccine training; please follow the link below.

Community pharmacies will not receive notification each time clarifications are issued so please regularly review this information prior to submitting your EOI.

For information regarding the National Booking System and Australian Immunisation Register; please follow the link below.

 

Community pharmacies will not receive notification each time clarifications are issued so please regularly review this information prior to submitting your EOI.